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Say the Thing

I’m okay with being uncomfortable. In fact, I welcome it. While it’s in my nature to embrace change, I also seek discomfort. I believe that continually moving beyond my comfort zone is critical for growth and continuous improvement in my work. As professionals working in education at all levels across the sector, we need a heck of a lot more discomfort in our lives. We’re not doing any child in this country a service in accepting the status quo simply because it’s comfortable for us as adults. So how do we get more uncomfortable?
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What We're Chattering

What We're Chattering
At EP, our team is spread across the country. To help us connect with each other daily, one of the tools we use is Salesforce Chatter. There, we give updates on our work, ask questions of each other, and share what we’re reading. (In addition to posting pictures of our kids and dogs and birthday shout-outs, of course!) Here are some articles that we’ve shared recently:
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Rick Hess Talks Cage-Busting Education Leadership

In April, Education Pioneers co-hosted a reception and presentation featuring American Enterprise Institute's Frederick Hess, in conversation about his book, Cage-Busting Leadership . The event was held in partnership with Teach Plus, The Rennie Center, and Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE). According to Rick Hess, education leaders need to stop trying to roll a boulder up a mountain. In front of an audience of more than 100 attendees, Hess drew a parallel between education reformers and the mythical Sisyphus, a king who must perpetually roll a boulder up a mountain only to...

EP President Frances McLaughlin Writes for Education Week About Cage-Busting Network Performance

Cage-Busting Network Performance Guest blogging this week is Frances McLaughlin, President of Education Pioneers. Education Pioneers is a national nonprofit with a bold vision to transform education into the best led and managed sector in the U.S. to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education. To fuel this vision, Education Pioneers is working to attract 10,000 top leaders, managers, and analysts into the sector by 2023. Rick Hess is right about the choice we have to work within or "bust" the cages that prevent us from educating every child in this country well. "Cage-busting"...

Scott Morgan Writes for Ed Week on the Head and Heart of Cage-Busting Leaders

From Education Week: The Head and Heart of Cage-Busting Leaders There's no question that ensuring that all children are prepared to thrive in college, career, and citizenship requires exceptional leaders - cage-busting leaders - from the classroom all the way to the federal department of education. Cage-busters have the power to create an excellent education for kids, and we need thousands more of them to fundamentally shift the performance of our education sector. When I reflect on cage-busting leadership in education, I think of what is needed in terms of both head and heart. Transforming...
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EP Shares Social Media Tips & Advice

From GettingSmart.com Here are some things that Education Pioneers (EP) has learned about social media along the way and what's worked best for us. 1. You can't go viral right away. Spend time building your audience by providing consistent, high-quality content that makes it worth their while to listen to what you have to say. Education Pioneers had recent success with a national media campaign announcing that applications for our 2013 Fellowships are now open, including: Seeing the most visitors we'd ever had on the EP website in one day Increasing the number of Fellowship applications we'd...
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The Missing Piece in Leadership Development

A year ago, Education Pioneers made the courageous decision to depart from our conventional alumni engagement strategy to an innovative network strategy. Our new direction employs tactics that build relationships amongst our alumni rather than to our institution. This reorientation required us to challenge our assumptions about how we develop education leaders capabale of transforming education in the 21st century. Our fellows hail from the country's most selective business, education, policy, and law graduate programs that have turned leadership development into a rich social science, but...
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Talent Matters: Teacher Effectiveness Ignites Exciting Shift in Education

Teachers have the most significant influence on student learning – especially for minority and low-income students. The evidence here is clear. And recently a paradigm shift in the way the education industry evaluates teachers has been taking place. This change aims to measure teachers by the success of their students, rather than predictors of quality such as credentials. Many believe –and hope– this change means teachers will soon be accepted as individual professionals rather than interchangeable pieces in the educational puzzle. According to a recent study, part of the problem is systemic...

Why Diversity Matters

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If you visit one of our country's public school districts, you're far more likely to find a student of color sitting in a classroom than to find a leader of color running that classroom, school, or district. Nationwide, 40% of American students are students of color – a percentage that grows when focusing on large, urban school districts. Yet across the nation, people of color represent only 17% of teachers and principals. A mere 11% of school board members are people of color. And at the highest level of leadership in school districts, just 6% of superintendents are black or Latino.

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